Meghalaya records two more COVID-19 deaths

SHILLONG, Sep 9: Meghalaya on Wednesday reported two more COVID-19 deaths, 121 new cases and 107 recoveries.

According to Director of Health Services (MI), Dr.Aman War of the two new deaths, one died on Tuesday evening and one on Wednesday morning.

Dr. War informed that on Tuesday night one Usha Paul (58) of Laban was brought dead to Nazareth Hospital at around 7:40 pm. She was tested for COVID-19 and was found to be positive, the Director of Health Services said.Dr. War said that the deceased was a known case of hypertension and diabetes.

Another death was reported on Wednesday morning at around 6:40 am. The deceased Debu Paul of Abbas Compound, Qualapatty was admitted on September 8, she also had co morbidities like hypertension and a diabetic.

Dr. War said that of the 121 new cases, East Jaintia Hills recorded the most with 59, East Khasi Hills 30 – armed and paramilitary forces – two and others – 28, West Garo Hills 25 (armed and paramilitary forces 11, others 14, South Garo Hills – four, Ri-Bhoi two (armed and paramilitary forces one and others one) and West Khasi Hills one.

The district wise break up of the active cases are East Khasi Hills 860 (armed and paramilitary forces 152 and others 708, West Garo Hills 193 (armed and paramilitary forces 97, others 96), Ri-Bhoi district (armed and paramilitary forces 31, others 86), East Jaintia Hills – 85, West Khasi Hills – 31, East Garo Hills – 23, South Garo Hills – 20, West Jaintia Hills – 11, North Garo Hills – nine, South West Garo Hills – five and South West Khasi Hill – one. The total active cases in the state is now 1355.

Of the 107 new recovered cases – East Khasi Hills recorded 88, West Garo Hills – five, East Jaintia Hills – four, North Garo Hills – four, Ri-Bhoi – two, South West Garo Hills – two and East Garo Hills – two. The total recovered cases in Meghalaya is now 1823.

Dr. War also informed that the number of report of samples awaited is high because the testing centre at Pastuer Institute, Shillong was closed on Saturday and Sunday since certain equipment were to be fitted in the new machines, and all the samples had to be sent to North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS).

The Director of Health Services also informed that as of now the number of samples whose report is awaited are Pastuer Institute – 583, NEIGRIHMS – 550 and Tura Civil Hospital – 120.

Dr. War also informed that under PM-CARE, another testing centre has been proposed to be set up at Civil Hospital, Shillong.

The number of samples sent for testing till date are 104090, the samples which tested negative are 99640 and the reports awaited are 1253. The number of people who have entered the State till date are 34399.